7/20

Lawrence Field Day Fest 2019

All Ages | 6 pm

Lawrence Field Day Fest 2019

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    7/23

    Stick To Your Guns

    Counterparts
    TERROR
    Sanction
    PLUS MORE (SEE BELOW)

    All Ages | 6 pm

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    Stick To Your Guns

    Stick To Your Guns is a 5 piece melodic hardcore band from Orange County, CA. The group began in the summer of 2003 when vocalist Jesse Barnett was inspired to form a band that would provide him with a medium to project his view points and reflect his musical influences. STYG blends melody, heaviness, and sincerity into one solid sound that will cater to fans of Comeback Kid, Throwdown, Ignite, and Rise Against.

    When Ash Avildsen of Sumerian Records first noticed the band, he put them on as the opener for Ignite's Anaheim House of Blues show that did over 850 people. After the incredible response and passionate performance, he immediately signed the band for booking and the hype began to spread all of the country. STYG recently completed a Westcoast tour w/ Caliban and The Acacia Strain in October, as well as a 7 week co-headline tour in Nov/Dec w/ Too Pure to Die and As Blood Runs Black. STYG headlined all of the Texas and California shows with all of the turnouts being between 300 and 500 kids. STYG also holds the record for the highest attendance ever at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Orange County's premier all ages venue. Even before signing to Sumerian Records, the amount of momentum behind the band was so powerful that they were chosen to open the upcoming Terror tour in January/February 2007 that also features The Warriors and All Shall Perish.

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        Sanction

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          Year Of The Knife

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            7/24

            Shawn James

            All Ages | 7 pm

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            Shawn James

            Shawn James’ voice is a force of nature, a musical preacher to a flock that accepts everyone, a combination of the gospel choirs he sang with as a youngster and his training in classical music and opera. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago,
            James’ timeless sound is steeped in blues legends like Robert Johnson and Son House, forever at the crossroads of damnation and redemption, the two inextricably woven into the fabric of his songs



              7/26

              Sophistafunk

              All Ages | 8 pm

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              Sophistafunk

              Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians — Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington — who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop, & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.

              The band met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. Sophistafunk is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments.

              For six years, this road warrior band has been hitting the pavement and blowing minds across the United States. They’ve collaborated live with greats spanning Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Talking Heads) to Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce/Dumpstaphunk) and were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives when Gold’s restaurant and music venue, Funk n’ Waffles, was featured on the show on December 25, 2012. Host, Guy Fieri, dug the band so hard, they’ve since played his birthday party in Santa Rosa, CA and became the first band ever to play the International Home and Housewares Convention in Chicago, IL on March 3, 2013, by Fieri’s personal request.

              Sophistafunk has played high-profile venues including The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), The Boom Boom Room (San Francisco), The Belly Up (Aspen), Brooklyn Bowl (NYC) and more and supported acts including Soulive, G. Love, Foreigner, Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Marco Benevento and more. They’ve also gained attention from publications including New York City’s Village Voice and Beyond Race Magazine.

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              7/27

              Empty Moon Album Release

              The Roseline
              Toughies

              All Ages | 7 pm

              Empty Moon Album Release

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                  7/28

                  Smrtdeath

                  Lil Lotus
                  guccihighwaters

                  All Ages | 7 pm

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                  Afterlife Tour

                  Smrtdeath

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                        8/4

                        Summer Salt

                        Dante Elephante
                        Motel Radio

                        All Ages | 7 pm

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                            Motel Radio

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                              8/8

                              Shaw Davis & the Black Ties

                              Dust Devil Choir

                              All Ages | 7 pm

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                              Shaw Davis & the Black Ties

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                                Dust Devil Choir

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                                  8/9

                                  Crowbar

                                  Lo-Pan
                                  The Soiled Doves

                                  All Ages | 7 pm

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                                        8/10

                                        Kindo

                                        All Ages | 7 pm

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                                        Kindo

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                                          8/10

                                          Kindo

                                          All Ages | 7 pm

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                                          Kindo

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                                            8/11

                                            Erra

                                            Currents

                                            All Ages | 6 pm

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                                                8/13

                                                Barely Civil

                                                Mess

                                                All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                  Mess

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                                                    8/14

                                                    Lost Dog Street Band

                                                    Matt Heckler

                                                    All Ages | 7:30 pm

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                                                        8/16

                                                        The Felice Brothers

                                                        Diane DeMuth
                                                        Hannah Norris & The Band

                                                        All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                        The Felice Brothers

                                                        THE FELICE BROTHERS·FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019
                                                        Cut live to tape with very little overdubbing, Undress was recorded in the late summer of 2018 in Germantown, New York. Band members Ian Felice, James Felice, Will Lawrence (drums) and Jesske Hume (bass) teamed up with producer Jeremy Backofen to record their most personal and reflective album to date.
                                                        “Many of the songs on the new album are motivated by a shift from private to public concerns,” says songwriter Ian Felice. “It isn't hard to find worthwhile things to write about these days, there are a lot of storms blooming on the horizon and a lot of chaos that permeates our lives. The hard part is finding simple and direct ways to address them.”
                                                        Undress follows the band’s 2016 album Life In The Dark, and finds the group in a very different place three years later. Between personnel changes, families growing and the political landscape, the result is a tighter, more-paired down release. “Every song is a story,” said James Felice. “On this album everything was a bit more thoughtful, including the arrangements, the sonic quality and the harmonies.”



                                                          Diane DeMuth

                                                          Diana DeMuth is a powerful young singer-songwriter from Boston, Mass. She is currently working on her debut album with renowned record producer Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Jade Bird, Vance Joy, Bat For Lashes, The Felice Brothers).



                                                            Hannah Norris & The Band

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                                                              8/17

                                                              Final Girl and the Monsters

                                                              They Watch us from the Moon
                                                              Vedettes
                                                              Turnip Head - Kansas

                                                              All Ages | 8 pm

                                                              Final Girl and the Monsters

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                                                                      8/23

                                                                      Amanda Fish

                                                                      All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                      Amanda Fish

                                                                      Amanda Fish began as a singer songwriter in late 2012, refining her original material as a solo act for 2 years before she formed her band in early 2014, a Roots Rock and Soul project featuring Amanda's signature 'from-the-gut' vocals locked into a sturdy groove.

                                                                      In 2015, she released her first LP, "Down In The Dirt", on VizzTone Label Group, for which she was awarded the 2016 "Sean Costello Rising Star" Blues Blast Music Award. Amanda and her band set Beale Street on fire in the 2017 International Blues Challenge Semi Finals, playing new material slated for her next release.



                                                                        8/24

                                                                        Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

                                                                        All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                        Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

                                                                        He‟s been known as the co-founder of the three-time Grammy nominated BR549, the honky-tonk
                                                                        heroes that almost single-handedly lit and carried the blowtorch for the mid-„90s alternative country
                                                                        explosion. He‟s been hailed as „The Hillbilly Renaissance Man‟ for his subsequent successes as a
                                                                        songwriter, performer, producer and musical theater director. Now after more than a decade as one of
                                                                        the most uncompromising and consistent talents in the American roots music movement, Chuck
                                                                        Mead at last emerges with the most anticipated role of his entire career: Solo Artist.
                                                                        With Journeyman’s Wager, Chuck Mead throws down the gauntlet with an album that defies all
                                                                        sonic expectations while re-defining his position as one of the hardest-working artists in the business.
                                                                        “I respect the term „journeyman‟,” Mead says, “because that‟s I what consider myself. I‟ve been living
                                                                        by my wits musically for more than 20 years now, going from job to job and doing them all pretty well.
                                                                        Certainly there‟s a hustle to what I do, but there‟s always been a gambling aspect to it, too. With this
                                                                        album, it‟s finally all me going all-in. It‟s a record that challenges listeners in a good way. Best of all,
                                                                        I‟ve challenged myself.”
                                                                        Produced by Grammy-winner Ray Kennedy, the eleven tracks on Journeyman’s Wager embody not
                                                                        only the core of country music, but also the pulse of pop, R&B, hillbilly rock, Gospel and beyond. “Why
                                                                        be confined by barriers or genres?” Chuck asks. “As far as I‟m concerned, it‟s all American Music.
                                                                        These are the sounds that made up my musical vocabulary. I still believe that American Music is
                                                                        about real things, good stories and unique songs. And I‟m willing to bet that most everyone else does,
                                                                        too.”
                                                                        “It‟s hard to believe that it‟s taken him this long to make a solo record,” says producer/engineer Ray
                                                                        Kennedy, best known for his work on classic albums by Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle. “What sets
                                                                        Chuck apart from so many artists is that he‟s a genuine hard-working, blue-collar performer. I hate the
                                                                        word „old-school‟ but we didn‟t want this album to sound like a lot of modern records where everything
                                                                        is over-tweaked and perfect. We knew we had to make it intimate and real.” Kennedy recorded the
                                                                        entire album analog on two-inch tape, in a studio full of both state-of-the art and vintage equipment
                                                                        that included „60s tube microphones, a Vox Continental organ, and a badass band that featured
                                                                        Kenny Vaughn (Marty Stuart), Audley Freed (The Black Crowes), Mark Miller (BR549), Mark Horn
                                                                        (The Derailers), Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), Mike Henderson (The SteelDrivers), Pat Sivers (The
                                                                        Everly Brothers) and Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks). “Chuck is the same in the studio as he is on
                                                                        stage,” Kennedy explains. “He loves working without a net. There are a lot of multiple voices singing
                                                                        into one microphone and the band playing together in one room. Most of all, it‟s an album that really
                                                                        represents his worldview song-wise. It has humor, intelligence, sarcasm, a bit of politics and a lot of
                                                                        spontaneity. Plus he‟s singing his ass off. Chuck doesn‟t have a model; he really is a journeyman in
                                                                        that songwriting and entertaining is his life.”
                                                                        For Mead, life and music have always been irrevocably intertwined. “I joined my first band at 12 years
                                                                        old,” he explains with a laugh. “Ruint me forever.” Throughout his 20s, he led several groups in and
                                                                        around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, including the popular Mid-western cult band The
                                                                        Homestead Grays. By the early „90s, Chuck found himself as an itinerant musician on Nashville‟s
                                                                        then-seedy Lower Broadway. It was a place in time where a performer armed with only the vision of a
                                                                        sonically relentless hillbilly band with nothing to lose could try anything. Within months, Mead cofounded
                                                                        a quintet that began playing must-see marathon sets in the front window of bar/bootery
                                                                        Robert‟s Western World. Seven albums, three Grammy nominations and millions of worldwide fans
                                                                        later, BR549 would become one of the most improbable success stories of the past decade.
                                                                        “BR549 is on extended hiatus,” Chuck now says. “We were – and remain – a family, and taking a
                                                                        break from each other will make us miss each other more. We survived the highs, the lows and all the
                                                                        hype, and we still had fun making music we love. But it was also time for me to do my own thing.”
                                                                        With the exception of occasional reunions on Prairie Home Companion (at the behest of longtime fan
                                                                        Garrison Keillor) and benefits for favorite charities, Mead‟s post-BR career soon became known as
                                                                        much for its continued integrity as for its eclecticism. He founded the touring collective The Hillbilly All-
                                                                        Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced acclaimed tribute albums to Johnny Cash
                                                                        and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured on „The Sociology of Modern American Culture‟ at Vanderbilt
                                                                        University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville‟s top song publishers. In 2007, he was
                                                                        named Musical Director of Million Dollar Quartet, the new hit stage musical based on the night in 1956
                                                                        that Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley came together for an impromptu
                                                                        jam session. “It‟s been incredibly liberating to do all these things I‟ve never done before,” Chuck says.
                                                                        “But most of all, I wanted to call my own shots and make a record that mattered.”
                                                                        Ten of the eleven tracks on Journeyman’s Wager are co-written by Mead, who‟d spent the past year
                                                                        working with such idiosyncratic and award-winning songwriters as Tia Sillers, Bobby Huff, Greg
                                                                        Crowe, Patrick Davis, Angeleena Presley, Mark Collie and Jon & Sally Tiven. The album roars out of
                                                                        the gate with the twanging highway stomp of “Out On The Natchez Trail”, and runs head-on into the
                                                                        sinister mystery of “Gun Metal Grey”. The horn-powered “She Got The Ring (I Got The Finger)” is a
                                                                        sly nod to Jerry Reed‟s “She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)”. There‟s classic country-pop
                                                                        wisdom in “Albuquerque”, gentle insight in “Up On Edge Hill”, and hard-driving good times in “I Wish It
                                                                        Was Friday”. “A Long Time Ago” is a paean of pedal-steel regret, while “After The Last Witness Is
                                                                        Gone” is a bold testimonial that‟s equal parts honky-tonk and roadhouse rocker. “In A Song” may be
                                                                        the album‟s genuine showstopper, a gloriously sanctified testament to the Everlasting Church Of
                                                                        Music. The disc‟s sole cover is a fiery version – complete with yodeling – of George Harrison‟s “Old
                                                                        Brown Shoe”, the obscure Beatles b-side from “The Ballad Of John & Yoko”. The album closes with
                                                                        the assured shuffle-funk of “No Requests”, a song whose chorus is a potent statement of purpose
                                                                        from an artist who is now truly his own man.
                                                                        “Even when BR549 were being called a throwback act, we never allowed ourselves to be classified,”
                                                                        says Chuck. “The key was to always bring something new to everything we did. Today my slate is
                                                                        cleaner than ever before. This album is all me, doing what comes naturally.” For Chuck Mead, the
                                                                        time has come for one of Americana‟s most uncommon artists to finally step out, step up and be
                                                                        heard on his own unique terms. And in a game where sure bets are rarely the real deal, one
                                                                        singer/songwriter/performer is again unafraid to lay it all on the line. “I mean everything I say on this
                                                                        album,” Chuck Mead says. “You can tell it with a wink and a smile, but it‟s still the truth. And the truth
                                                                        is that Journeyman’s Wager is the culmination of everything I‟ve learned. These are my decisions.
                                                                        This is my music.”

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                                                                        8/27

                                                                        Gutter Demons

                                                                        Ghost of Grandads Past

                                                                        All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                            8/30

                                                                            Unmerciful

                                                                            Gravehuffer
                                                                            Bleed The Victim

                                                                            All Ages | 8 pm

                                                                            Unmerciful

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                                                                                Bleed The Victim

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                                                                                  8/31

                                                                                  Una Walkenhorst Band

                                                                                  Teri Quinn and Friends
                                                                                  Hannah Norris & The Band

                                                                                  All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                  Una Walkenhorst Band

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                                                                                    Teri Quinn and Friends

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                                                                                      Hannah Norris & The Band

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                                                                                        9/13

                                                                                        Matt Wilson & His Orchestra(from Trip Shakespeare)

                                                                                        All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                        Matt Wilson & His Orchestra(from Trip Shakespeare)

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                                                                                          9/14

                                                                                          Kublai Khan

                                                                                          Orthodox

                                                                                          All Ages | 6:30 pm

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                                                                                              9/20

                                                                                              jackLNDN

                                                                                              All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                              jackLNDN

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                                                                                                9/25

                                                                                                Supersuckers

                                                                                                All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                Supersuckers

                                                                                                You’ve heard our name, you’ve seen our records, our t-shirts and our stickers. We’re probably the favorite band of someone you know and yet we’re still a mystery to you. Well my friend, that’s okay, I’m here to fill you in and help you to get to know the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world, The Supersuckers.

                                                                                                Our story is almost impossible to believe. This band is literally a human cartoon. We all grew up among the dead-ends and cactus needles of Tucson, Arizona and have known each other since grade school. We graduated from the same high school together at the same time (a school immortalized in our song “Santa Rita High”) and we chose to play in a band together because we liked to hang out together, not because we were great musicians or anything. I truly believe that a band is defined by their limitations, that what they can’t (or won’t) do is just as important as what they can do. I guess that, in this era of pre-fabricated, put-together-to-have-a-hit bands, we’re kind of an aberration and I gotta tell ya that that makes us smile a little every day.

                                                                                                We formed the band in 1988 and we were initially a five piece called The Black Supersuckers ( a name found in some quality “adult literature” we had laying around in our impeccably clean band house!), with me on bass, Dan “Thunder” Bolton and Rontrose Heathman on guitars, Dancing Eagle on drums and a lead singer by the name of Eric Martin. After firmly proving ourselves to be the best band in town we decided it was time to get out of Tucson and try our luck somewhere else. So we tossed a coin with heads as New Orleans and tails as Seattle. Tails it was and in May of “89 we packed up and went north.

                                                                                                We had no idea that Seattle was about to become “Rock Mecca USA”, we just wanted to go somewhere where we could wear our leather jackets a little more often. It was exciting and encouraging to see all of the great bands there, doing their own thing and making some kick-ass, aggressive rock-n-roll that we could relate to, so we started recording immediately. After some classic “creative differences” with our lead singer, we decided to try it as a four piece with yours truly as the singer (I was the only one who knew all the words) and The Supersuckers, as you may or may not know them today, were born.

                                                                                                Our first recordings as a four-piece wound up on various singles for small labels and then were compiled for a C.D. called The Songs All Sound The Same. (For the full story on these recordings I highly recommend picking up the re-issued version on our own label, Mid-Fi Recordings). But it was our live shows that caught the eyes of the good people at Sub-Pop Records and, after a particularly scorching show one night, they offered to put out our records. We said ,“Buy us some beer and you got a deal!” And our long and enduring rock-n-roll ride was officially under way.

                                                                                                Starting with 1992,s “The Smoke Of Hell”, we released a total of three rock records, one country record, split singles with Steve Earle and The Rev. Horton Heat, countless singles and a “best-of” double album (all on Sub-Pop,) then we put out what is considered to be our finest recorded moment to date “The Evil Powers Of Rock-n-Roll”(Koch/Aces & Eights) in late 1999. We’ve also been touring our asses off all over the world with bands like Mudhoney, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, The Ramones, Motorhead, The Toadies, The Butthole Surfers, The Reverend Horton Heat, The Dwarves and White Zombie. We’ve played a couple of Farm Aid shows and backed Willie Nelson on The Tonight Show. Our music has appeared in T.V. shows (Beverly Hills 90210), Movies (Baseketball, Hype) and commercials (Mountain Dew) as well as countless snow and skateboarding video compilations.

                                                                                                Throughout this entire time, our sole mission has been to create and perform timeless, quality music and get as many people as possible to hear it. That goal has never changed. The pursuit of that perfectly imperfect rock-n-roll moment is all we’ve ever been after. We’ve been doing this for well over a decade now and we’re just getting started.

                                                                                                2001 found us starting our own label; Mid-Fi Recordings. We’ve finally decided to take control of all of our affairs and have become a lean, mean, self managed, totally independent rock-n-roll machine. We’ve got the greatest fans in the world and no one cares more about them and our music than we do. Having our own label gives us the freedom to make more of our music available to them without the hassles of “the middle-man” worrying about things like “marketing” or “demographics”. Hell, these are just hard words. All we want to do is get some kick-ass music out to the people and with Mid-Fi we have been able to do just that. Our first release was a live country record entitled “Must’ve Been Live”, that came out in March, 2002. Since then, we have dug into our “private reserves” and released several singles of some our finest outtake stock (a habit we intend to keep). We’re also planning some split singles with other great artists, the first one being “Never Go Home” by The Hangmen b/w “Flyin’ Into The Mid-Day Sun” by the ‘suckers.

                                                                                                But, by far the most exciting thing we’re doing now is gearing up for the release of our new rock record, Motherfuckers Be Trippin’. It’s the perfect follow up to The Evil Powers Of Rock-N-Roll and will be available to rock your ass on April 22, 2003. We feel better about this record than any we’ve done to date, which is amazing for a band that has been around as long as we have, and we know you’ll dig it as much as we do. It truly seems like we’re just getting the hang of this music making thing!

                                                                                                So, the next time you see The Supersuckers name, whether it’s in the record store or on the marquee at your local nightclub, know that there’s some quality, honest, ass-kicking, hard working individuals in there, trying to make your life a little better through the “Evil Powers Of Rock-n-Roll” (and the occasional detour into the country of course) and we’d love nothing better than to have you there with us. Just remember to wear you clean underwear, because we’re gonna rock your pants right off of you.

                                                                                                Rawkously Yours,
                                                                                                Eddie Spaghetti

                                                                                                Crowning achievements of rock-n-roll glory
                                                                                                •Performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” backing Willie Nelson
                                                                                                •Played Woodstock 2000
                                                                                                •Played Reading/Leeds festivals
                                                                                                •Toured extensively throughout the world including Russia, Japan, Australia, etc...
                                                                                                •Recorded with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, Kelley Deal of The Breeders

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                                                                                                9/26

                                                                                                Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre

                                                                                                All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                                Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre

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                                                                                                  9/27

                                                                                                  Reverend Horton Heat

                                                                                                  Delta Bombers

                                                                                                  All Ages | 7:30 pm

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                                                                                                  Reverend Horton Heat

                                                                                                  It’s true that the Reverend Horton Heat have been called a great many things over the course of their storied career: Perpetual Carriers Of The Rockabilly Flame, Genre-Shattering Problem Children, Filthy Drunks, and The Most Electrifying Live Act In America (150 shows every year can’t be wrong). But whatever you happen to call them, their country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought the Reverend Horton Heat a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult following. The Rev himself, aka Jim Heath, leads the way with signature guitar riffs, while pounding out the bottom notes (often on top of) his upright bass is Jimbo Wallace, while Scott Churilla keeps time on the drums.

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                                                                                                  Delta Bombers

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                                                                                                    10/2

                                                                                                    Weyes Blood

                                                                                                    All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                    Something to Believe Tour

                                                                                                    Weyes Blood

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                                                                                                      10/3

                                                                                                      Knocked Loose

                                                                                                      Rotting Out
                                                                                                      Candy
                                                                                                      SeeYouSpaceCowboy

                                                                                                      All Ages | 6 pm

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                                                                                                      Knocked Loose

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                                                                                                        Rotting Out

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                                                                                                          Candy

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                                                                                                            SeeYouSpaceCowboy

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                                                                                                              10/6

                                                                                                              Joyce Manor

                                                                                                              Stef Chura
                                                                                                              Strange Ranger

                                                                                                              All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                              Joyce Manor

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                                                                                                                Stef Chura

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                                                                                                                  Strange Ranger

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                                                                                                                    10/9

                                                                                                                    Chase Makai

                                                                                                                    All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                                    Chase Makai

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                                                                                                                      10/10

                                                                                                                      Pretty Pink

                                                                                                                      All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                                                      PRETTY PINK·FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019
                                                                                                                      Emerging from the woods of the Harz in Germany, Pretty Pink has made her mark with her natural distinctive sound and self-made empire.
                                                                                                                      The versed German DJ, artist and producer captivated people’s attention on a global scale with her relentless drive and passion for her craft. With an ever-changing yet consistent sonic delivery, she is always trying to find a way to take her artistry to the next level. Her recording debut arrived in 2013 with an unforgettable edit of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, which demanded the attention of the deep house scene with her uncanny ability to create instantly astounding dancefloor records.
                                                                                                                      With releases on Armada, Found Frequencies, Suara, and more, Pretty Pink’s impressive discography boasts a variety of sounds bound to please electronic music lovers across the board. She has taken her sound on stage to over a hundred cities worldwide and is planning to extend her journey into North America soon. Playing alongside respectable tastemakers at a myriad of revered venues in her homeland and enchanted the crowds - Nature One, Sonne Mond Sterne, Airbeat One, New Horizon, World Club Dome and more - her loyal fanbase and bookings began to skyrocket.
                                                                                                                      Her rise to the top is a result of her ever-present work ethic. Having acquired millions of streams across all streaming platforms, along with a self-launched record label WANDERLUST, bi-weekly Radioshow DEEP WOODS, and her own event brands, Pretty Pink has made her work a never-ending party.
                                                                                                                      With support from distinguished publications like Dancing Astronaut, EARMILK, WARP, Magnetic Magazine, or DJ Mag Mexico, Pretty Pink has cemented her position as one to watch. Her summer record ‘PURE’ in 2018 landed support from industry heavy-hitters, Lane 8, The Mambo Brothers, Lost Frequencies, and WhoMadeWho and still climbes the Beatport Top 100. Her latest track “OVERRATED” (Found Frequencies Records), gained over 500k streams just after one month on Spotify! So, there’s no question that Pretty Pink will continue to command the scene, not just domestically but on a global scale.



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                                                                                                                                          10/19

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                                                                                                                                                          Goddamn Gallows w/Scott H Biram

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                                                                                                                                                                Sky Smeed at The Bottleneck June 14th

                                                                                                                                                                Sky Smeed at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                Sky Smeed (Image via http://www.skysmeed.com)

                                                                                                                                                                Sky Smeed is a singer-songwriter from Chanute, Kansas. Smeed’s latest release is the album Drive All Night. Music has always been a big part of his life. “My grandfather played guitar, fiddle, and banjo. He showed me how to play G C and D chords when I was about ten years old. My father wrote songs and played harmonica while driving, “ Smeed says.

                                                                                                                                                                Sky Smeed at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                Sky Smeed (Image via http://www.skysmeed.com)

                                                                                                                                                                Sky is inspired by musicians such as Guy Clark, Anders Osborne, Mike West, Robert Earl Keen. “They all write songs you can latch onto and immediately feel. They aren’t afraid to throw some humor in there,” he says.

                                                                                                                                                                Sky Smeed plays The Bottleneck June 14th with Corb Lund.

                                                                                                                                                                Satsang: Helping People Move to a Place of Self Love and Care

                                                                                                                                                                Satsang at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                Satsang (Image via http://www.satangmovement.com)

                                                                                                                                                                Satsang is a Montana-based conscious music collective. They combine reggae/roots music and bluegrass instrumentation to form their sound. Guitarist/vocalist Drew McManus recently discussed how he became passionate about reggae, the formation of Satsang and how the band uses their music to encourage a positive mindset. Satsang plays The Bottleneck June 11th.

                                                                                                                                                                What was your earliest musical memory? Were your parents musical?

                                                                                                                                                                The one that keeps coming to mind is my mom dancing around the house with me in her arms to “Achy Breakie Heart” by Billie Ray Cyrus when it first came out. I clearly remember being like “What is this crap?” Then I saw his hair and my suspicions of his gooberness was confirmed My parents were both very musical. My mom has a beautiful voice and used to be in the Nashville Songwriters Guild. She wrote country songs. My dad plays guitar, bass, drums. He has always played in whatever church he attended. They both definitely played a huge part in me starting playing.

                                                                                                                                                                You skillfully blend roots music and roots instrumentation. What first got you interested in reggae and bluegrass?

                                                                                                                                                                I was introduced to reggae through punk rock initially. I loved Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, U.S Bombs etc and then heard Rancid and Catch 22. Then when I took my first trip to Chicago at like 15 I met a bunch of my sisters homies that were all tattooed skater dudes that listened to Roots Reggae. Toots, Skatalites, Old Marley, Desmond Decker, etc Then I started digging in on my own and found Marley’s later works. Catch a Fire on changed me entirely as a person, particularly Survival. As far as bluegrass, I dug it during my hippie phase in my late teens but don’t really get down to it. I met David and during the time he was in the band, the mandolin just kind of worked. But I have never had deep emotional ties to bluegrass. For me it has always been reggae and good hip hop that have moved me, and folk/rock most recently. Our van is a great place to get a grasp on what we like, it is so vast. It is not uncommon to hear Bright Eyes, Kendrick Lamar, Coltrane, Common, and Wilco all in like a 45 min drive.

                                                                                                                                                                How did Satsang first come together?

                                                                                                                                                                Satsang first came together after a pretty heavy time. I was a practicing alcoholic/addict and was just kind of wasting away in Chicago. When I moved to Montana, I got it together for a bit and then slipped right back down. After a really intense spiritual experience, the support of my amazing partner Summer, and an extended stay in the Himalaya… a flood gate opened. I just started writing everyday. It kind of just hasn’t stopped for like 3 years. Anyway, I came back from Nepal with these songs, linked with David, we started just playing/touring and then when his health got to a point where he couldn’t tour, I rebuilt the band with one of my oldest friends in the world, Karl. He produced this new record The Story of You and we added Keller and have just been moving forward and evolving.

                                                                                                                                                                You write very conscious lyrics. What inspires you lyrically?

                                                                                                                                                                I get inspiration from everything. I listen to a lot of hip hop. As far as song writing style, I draw a lot from conscious hip hop delivery and style. I have had a pretty gnarly first half of life. Came from an abusive home, struggled with addiction, have lost a lot of homies to addiction and through a lot of grace, prayer, and work I have come out the other side with Dharma intact. I see so many people who become victims of their stories. I was one of them for a long time. But the power that we can attain through acceptance of our past, and not just acceptance, but growing to love what it taught us and how it molded us. There is so much power in that. So for me, that is my purpose. Not with every song. The over all mission for Satsang, for me, is to help people move into a place of self love and care. When people love themselves, reaching their highest potential, doing tough self work, etc becomes much much easier.

                                                                                                                                                                Do you try and record your tracks as live as possible?

                                                                                                                                                                Recording is funny for us, we do it differently than most bands I know. Karl and I made The Story of You in my home. Just worked like 14 days straight through on it. On good days, I can record guitar parts on 1 take and usually knock out vox in one shot. The next record may be recorded almost entirely live. Keller is such a phenomenal drummer, unreal and live. He goes off. So, we are in talks right now of how we want to approach this next record. The songs are written and we have some stems done but we are all really turned on by that kind of recording. That’s how it all used to be done. Do a live take, and then come back and get weird over top of it.

                                                                                                                                                                Satsang at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                Satsang (Image via http://www.satsangmovement.com)

                                                                                                                                                                What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?

                                                                                                                                                                Challenges in this line of work are never ending. Reforming the new band was definitely a trip. Karl was living in Chicago, Keller was in a bunch of projects. We were in between agents, didn’t have management. We stayed way prayerful and just kept grinding. Made the record, I kept hounding our current agent and management team. It all came together amazingly. We are so exited about our band and our team. If you keep working, it generally works out. I am also blessed to have a lot of big brothers and uncles in our musical family that have provided endless support and advice.

                                                                                                                                                                Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?

                                                                                                                                                                So many quotes. I have a lot of people I look up to. Malcolm, Fred Hampton, King. The one I have hand written on a sticky pad in front of my desk is,

                                                                                                                                                                “Stay focused, work hard, remember to pray, trust the process.”

                                                                                                                                                                But another favorite is:

                                                                                                                                                                “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” – Malcolm X

                                                                                                                                                                What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?

                                                                                                                                                                Figure out what you want out of your music. Do you want to do it for a living? Just want to make it to make it? Does it matter to you if it gets noticed or is it just for you? All of them are fine! Figuring out what you want from it is step 1. For someone aspiring to be a professional musician: Practice a lot, ask questions, see how other people do things and adapt your own plan off of things you see that work, and be patient… which is the hardest part.

                                                                                                                                                                The Hornitz Bring Their Grooves to The Bottleneck June 4th

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                                                                                                                                                                The Hornitz (Image via http://www.thehornitz.com)

                                                                                                                                                                The Hornitz is a Boston-based duo. The band features trombonist Friendship and tenor sax player Stoobacca. Their groovy songs and passionate live shows have been winning over fans nationwide.

                                                                                                                                                                The Hornitz’s songs have a very live, energetic feel. The band often build their songs through looping. “When you’re in a band that records all sounds to loopers, live, figuring out ways to make that process as concise and/or interesting as possible is hugely important. Arrangements for my favorite The Hornitz songs are such that the building of the loops is the song,” says Friendship.

                                                                                                                                                                The Hornitz at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                The Hornitz (Image via http://www.youtube.com)

                                                                                                                                                                The band is all about bringing the fun to the people. “If something makes you smile, smile at it! If something makes you want to dance, dance! Life is too short to be self-conscious in a crowd of people who are all there to have a good time,” Friendship says. The Hornitz bring their funky jams to The Bottleneck June 4th with Mangosteen.

                                                                                                                                                                Get Hip to the Hip Abduction

                                                                                                                                                                Hip Abduction at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                The Hip Abduction (Image via https://thehipabduction.com/ )

                                                                                                                                                                The Hip Abduction combines African music, reggae and more to create their unique sound. The Florida-based band creates joyous and energetic music.

                                                                                                                                                                “The Hip Abduction started informally back 2007 as a solo project, but we really started to create the sound we have today in 2010-2011. We all met in St. Petersburg, FL over our mutual love of African music, reggae, surfing, and jamming,” said bassist Chris Powers.

                                                                                                                                                                Powers became interested in world music because of Paul Simon’s classic album Graceland, “As I grew older, I began to research the musicians on the album and get into music from all over the globe. I am now surrounded by musicians who love music from around the world.”

                                                                                                                                                                The Hip Abduction (Image via http://consequenceofsound.net/ )

                                                                                                                                                                The band is lyrically inspired by “far-away places, travel, dreams, the sunny spot in the sand in your mind.”

                                                                                                                                                                Take a musical journey with the Hip Abduction when they play a FREE SHOW at Th Bottleneck July 20th.

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love Brings His Uplifting Reggae Vibes to The Bottleneck May 17th

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love (Image via http://www.hawaiianreggae.org )

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love is a Hawaiian reggae artist. His passion for music and positive mindset are inspiring. “We are challenged to wake up every day and create something positive, effect a positive change,” he says.

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love’s musical journey began when his father would improvise a song every night to sing him to sleep. Bob Marley’s Legend was the album that started Love’s interest in reggae.

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love (Image via http://www.mikelovemusic.com/ )

                                                                                                                                                                Love began writing songs at 15. Love is known for his conscious lyrics, “The lyrics come from another place, I couldn’t tell you where exactly, but it’s not inside of me. I just make myself open to them and they come.” The lyrics help him to become more centered, “They are like lessons that I need to learn, about appreciating my family, learning from my environment, anything and everything.”

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love’s passionate advice to artists just starting out is inspirational,  “Be honest, write and play music about the things that are meaningful to you so that the passion is there behind the message you’re conveying. Remain humble and realize that all music is a gift and just as its given it can be easily taken away by things like vanity and greed.”

                                                                                                                                                                Mike Love plays The Bottleneck with Kansas City-based band 77 Jefferson May 17th.

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                An Interview with The Sluts

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                                                                                                                                                                The Sluts bring seedy rock to the people. The Lawrence-based duo of Kristoffer Dover (drums) and Ryan Wise (guitar) play The Bottleneck May 6th.

                                                                                                                                                                Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?
                                                                                                                                                                Ryan: My parents weren’t very musical but my uncles and my grandfather all played acoustic guitars at family gatherings. Mostly gospel and old country songs.

                                                                                                                                                                What was your earliest musical memory?
                                                                                                                                                                Ryan: My first clear memory of music in my life would be riding in my dad’s 1989, sky blue, T top, Camaro listening to this oldies station out of Springfield, MO. It was 105.1 or 105.3. It was a stellar station. He really loved Heart Full of Soul by The Yardbirds. When it would come on, my dad would play air guitar and get really excited. I distinctly remember the lead guitar in that song feeling so electric and having a big effect of me. I wanted to hear more rock and roll like that. He always played great music in the car. He would play these Jan and Dean tapes and they were my favorite for a long time when I was little. He also had cassette copies of Springsteen’s Born in the USA and Born to Run in the car. They were on heavy rotation as I recall.

                                                                                                                                                                What was your first concert?
                                                                                                                                                                Ryan: My uncle, Harry, took me to my first real rock show. The bill was Slaughter, Quiet Riot, Night Ranger, and Ted Nugent. I think I was ten and I was so happy to be at a rock show. I saw a girl smoking a joint with her boobs out, I got to sip a little beer, and my balls probably dropped right then. Don’t tell my mom.

                                                                                                                                                                How did The Sluts first come together?
                                                                                                                                                                Ryan: I was between projects and wanted to be in a band, but I was tired of working with musician types. I found that their egos far outweighed their abilities. I just couldn’t find a drummer willing to simplify their part enough to

                                                                                                                                                                The Sluts

                                                                                                                                                                The Sluts (Image via http:www.lawrence.com)

                                                                                                                                                                compliment the songs I was writing. I lamented to Dover about it and he bought a drum kit off Craigslist and we started meeting Saturdays. Our friend Thom Glandzman is nice enough to let us practice in his garage. We’d get a bit drunk and try to write a tune every week. After about a year of doing that, we realized that we had about a 14 song setlist we weren’t ashamed of. So we started booking shows and people didn’t hate it right away. We still just rehearse and write one day a week.

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                Your studio tracks have a very raw sound. Do you try and record your songs as live as possible?
                                                                                                                                                                Ryan: We do like a more natural, raw recording but we do overdub guitars and vocals to achieve a certain tonality. We track  drums with me in a booth playing and singing the song. So it is played live but we got back and replace most of the guitars and record double guitar tracks. Then we go back and replace the vox. We do one clean and one dirty and blend that sound to get that scratchy, walkie talkie tone you hear on our recent recordings.

                                                                                                                                                                You’re playing The Bottleneck May 6th. What do you enjoy most about playing Lawrence?
                                                                                                                                                                Kris: The venues are all a few blocks from where we live, and every time we play a crowd of people we don’t know show up and sing our songs back at us. Why bother touring when you have such a badass scene literally in your back yard?

                                                                                                                                                                What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?
                                                                                                                                                                Kris: Only our own laziness, drunkenness, and occasional self-doubt.

                                                                                                                                                                What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
                                                                                                                                                                Kris: Make music that you like, put it out there, and see if it deserves attention. That’s called being legitimate. Don’t manufacture something and then strive desperately to make it famous. That’s called being pathetic.

                                                                                                                                                                Eleanor Friedberger: The Bottleneck Interview

                                                                                                                                                                Eleanor Friedberger (Photo by Joe DeNardo)

                                                                                                                                                                Eleanor Friedberger (Photo by Joe DeNardo)

                                                                                                                                                                Eleanor Friedberger is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is an acclaimed solo artist and is also a member of the Fiery Furnaces. Eleanor recently discussed her approach to songwriting, the creative atmosphere of college towns and advice to artists just starting out. Eleanor Friedberger plays The Bottleneck April 26th.

                                                                                                                                                                You come from a musical family. What was your earliest musical memory?
                                                                                                                                                                There are too many to know which came first. Probably sitting in the choir loft, watching my grandmother sing.

                                                                                                                                                                What was the first album you bought?
                                                                                                                                                                The first single I bought was an Eurythmics 7″ of “Sweet Dreams.” I played it on my Fisher Price record player. I think the first tape I bought was the soundtrack to the movie Stand By Me or Paul Simon’s Graceland. The first CD I bought was Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy.

                                                                                                                                                                You are a multi-instrumentalist. What was the first instrument you learned how to play?
                                                                                                                                                                I learned guitar first. My brother bought me an electric guitar for Christmas and wrote down a few chords in a spiral notebook and charts for “Sweet Jane” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

                                                                                                                                                                How does your creative approach work when writing songs? Do you start with lyrics or melody first?
                                                                                                                                                                I start with the lyrics first, probably 95 percent of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                What inspires you lyrically?
                                                                                                                                                                Conversations– first-hand or overheard, text messages, lines from movies, awkward situations.

                                                                                                                                                                What was the first song written for New View?
                                                                                                                                                                The first songs written, and the ones I spent the most time on were “All Known Things” and “Open Season.”

                                                                                                                                                                You’re playing The Bottleneck April 26th. What do you enjoy most about playing Lawrence?
                                                                                                                                                                I think of Lawrence as an archetypal Midwestern college town. I spent a lot of time as a teenager hanging out in Champaign-Urbana, IL, so I feel very at home in that environment. I can easily sink into the laid-back, creative atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                Eleanor Friedberger (Image via http://www.eleanorfriedberger.com)

                                                                                                                                                                Eleanor Friedberger (Image via http://www.eleanorfriedberger.com)

                                                                                                                                                                What are your hobbies outside of music?
                                                                                                                                                                For the past few years I’ve been trying to hone my DIY home repair skills; everything from painting, dry wall mudding, hanging insulation, gardening, tree pruning, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                What are the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?
                                                                                                                                                                Accepting that I don’t have a plan B.

                                                                                                                                                                What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
                                                                                                                                                                You have to be okay with living in the moment and not know where things will take you from month to month. That kind of instability isn’t for everyone. Oh, and practice!

                                                                                                                                                                Drawing Inspiration from the Physical and Dream Worlds: A Conversation with Haunted Summer’s Bridgette Eliza Moody

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                                                                                                                                                                Haunted Summer (Image via YouTube)

                                                                                                                                                                Haunted Summer is a Los Angeles-based band comprised of husband and wife duo Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons. Bridgette recently discussed the band’s beginnings, the collaborative nature of their creative process and drawing lyrical inspiration from their physical world and dream world. Haunted Summer plays The Bottleneck Open Mic Night as a special guest May 9th.

                                                                                                                                                                Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?
                                                                                                                                                                Yes, we were both fortunate to grow up with parents who either played or really loved music. It definitely flows in through the blood and everyone is best at different things, so a supergroup usually manifests if there’s too many of us together at once!

                                                                                                                                                                What was your first musical memory?
                                                                                                                                                                Pretty much all of my first memories are musical, probably dancing around in the kitchen singing R.E.M. or U2 with my mom.

                                                                                                                                                                What was the first album you bought?
                                                                                                                                                                I was obsessed with essentially collecting various but all too similar compilations of “60’s Greatest Hits” as a kid. I’m sure Spice Girls probably broke that streak.

                                                                                                                                                                What was your first concert?
                                                                                                                                                                First one I remember was Randy Newman at the Hollywood Bowl, though I wish I could remember seeing Lou Reed in utero, haha!

                                                                                                                                                                What do you enjoy most about the music scene in LA?
                                                                                                                                                                It’s definitely a buffet of music. You want it? You got it.

                                                                                                                                                                Haunted Summer (Image va Amanda Glover)

                                                                                                                                                                Haunted Summer (Image va Amanda Glover)

                                                                                                                                                                What is your creative process when making tracks?
                                                                                                                                                                John and I work in a very collaborative back and forth manner. We like to record the songs as they are conceived, we find that the most honest and pure ideas come before a song has been too overworked. Then we will go back and almost learn the song as it, in a way, wrote itself.

                                                                                                                                                                What inspires you lyrically?
                                                                                                                                                                Our lyrics are incredibly important to us, and we strive to feel and believe every word we say. Every line comes from personal experiences either in the physical world or our dream world.

                                                                                                                                                                How often do you find yourself writing songs?
                                                                                                                                                                Since we are on the road so often, our songs are constantly evolving live and it keeps it very fresh. We take our time with new material, it never feels right to push anything out. Creation comes in waves and once it’s ready to be realized, we ride it in and let the music express itself through us.

                                                                                                                                                                What was the first song you created as Haunted Summer?
                                                                                                                                                                “Young Enough” was the first song we ever wrote together. The version you hear on Something in the Water is the original demo, the absolute conception of the song. It was Thanksgiving day, 2012 and the holiday-quiet was the perfect atmosphere to truly hear each other as solo musical beings. We couldn’t stop writing after that…

                                                                                                                                                                How did “All Around” come together?
                                                                                                                                                                It details the story of our gratitude to the universe for finding us in our darkest moment and giving us the spark of clarity that brought us together and saved our lives. If you live in truth, the universe will find it’s place for you.

                                                                                                                                                                What inspired “Dawn of the Red?”
                                                                                                                                                                It’s a take on the old adages of loving something but having to let go and also not appreciating what you have until you no longer have it. Gratitude and unconditional love.

                                                                                                                                                                What are your hobbies outside of music?
                                                                                                                                                                I think we might be addicted to traveling. We’re so lucky to be in a position that pretty much demands it!

                                                                                                                                                                What quote or motto do you live by?
                                                                                                                                                                “Be mysterious, be in love, and you will be happy” – Paul Gauguin.

                                                                                                                                                                What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?
                                                                                                                                                                It can be an incredibly tenuous balance keeping a viable home base while constantly touring. We are the lucky few that don’t have to leave our significant other. You miss them; family, friends, jobs…and they don’t always understand that being a musician is far from being on constant vacation. But you know you’d rather be doing this than anything else!

                                                                                                                                                                What advice would you give to artists just starting out?
                                                                                                                                                                Go for it, get out there; and I mean OUT there. Go to new places, meet new people, create something more than a “scene,” because it’s bigger than that. We are all connected in this giant musical body, and it takes all parts physically communicating to each other to create movement in this body. You could also aim for at least a couch to sleep on in every state!

                                                                                                                                                                An Interview with Head for the Hills Member Joe Lessard

                                                                                                                                                                Head for the Hills (Image via http://www.headforthehillsmusic.com).

                                                                                                                                                                Head for the Hills (Image via http://www.headforthehillsmusic.com).

                                                                                                                                                                Head for the Hills is a Fort Collins, Colorado-based progressive bluegrass band. Violin player Joe Lessard recently discussed coming from a musical family, how he became passionate about bluegrass and his love of the Colorado music scene. Head for the Hills plays the Bottleneck April 28th with Steamboat Bandits and the Center State.

                                                                                                                                                                Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?
                                                                                                                                                                Yes, I did personally. I didn’t come from a bluegrass background by any means though, my family’s a bunch of classical musicians. All of us come from pretty different places musically, but bluegrass was a great meeting ground for us to bring in our various musical influences.

                                                                                                                                                                What was your earliest musical memory?
                                                                                                                                                                My mother is a cellist, so my earliest musical memories involve her playing at our home in Knoxville, TN. I had a violin with no strings on it that I would “play” cello on next to my mom. Ya know, air cello, back before air guitar was a big deal.

                                                                                                                                                                What first got you interested in bluegrass?
                                                                                                                                                                As a classical violinist, playing Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes was a way for me to escape the strict structure of that world. That naturally led me to the American bluegrass tradition that spawned from such European styles.

                                                                                                                                                                How did Head for the Hills first get started?
                                                                                                                                                                We all met as freshmen at Colorado State University. Like I said before, we all come from pretty different musical backgrounds, but bluegrass was a perfect mutual interest for us to rally around. We started practicing in a dorm room, then moved to playing house parties and backyards til we could start booking gigs at real music venues. The rest is history!

                                                                                                                                                                How does your creative approach work when writing songs? Do you start with lyrics or melody first?
                                                                                                                                                                It all depends on the song. We all write in the group, and we often bring pretty complete ideas to the band, then proceed to put on the finishing touches as a group. Other times we have a fraction of an idea or a melody or words and then develop the whole thing more as a band. It’s really nice not having a “front man” for that reason, we’re very diplomatic and sharing duties is part of the whole experience for us.

                                                                                                                                                                Your studio albums have a very live feel to them. Do you try to record your songs as live as possible?
                                                                                                                                                                Yea, we’re very driven by the live energy at shows and we’re always trying to at least approach that feeling in the studio. We’re striving for a certain amount of perfection in the studio, but doing so in a way that doesn’t sacrifice feeling and that earnest emotion that can be captured in a live performance.

                                                                                                                                                                Head for the Hills is based in Fort Collins. What do you enjoy most about the Colorado music scene?
                                                                                                                                                                Colorado is definitely a great place to live and play music. We’ve been super fortunate in a lot of ways, but it was particularly meaningful that people from bands like Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band took us under their wing early on and made us feel like part of the scene. Now that we’ve been a band for more than 10 years, we’d like to think we can offer the same sort of support for young bands.

                                                                                                                                                                You tour a ton. What have been some of your strangest moments on the road?
                                                                                                                                                                That’s a tough one. There’s so many strange moments being on the road, that’s kind of what makes it so fun. I woke up in the middle of a police raid when staying at a stranger’s house one time. He was a home brewer and the neighbors had seen him bringing giant bags of hops into the house and thought it was pot. Weird stuff like that.

                                                                                                                                                                Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
                                                                                                                                                                Not really. Just being respectful and easy to work with is a rule I try to adhere to. This is a business of lots of interpersonal relationships where everyone knows everyone else, not being an asshole goes a long way!

                                                                                                                                                                What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
                                                                                                                                                                Just treating people like you want to be treated is a good start. Banjo player Danny Barnes has a great article on “How to be in someone else’s band” that every musician should read. It definitely applies to all genres, however your band is formatted.

                                                                                                                                                                A String of Air Guitar History — An Interview with US World Air Guitar Champion Eric Melin

                                                                                                                                                                A String of Air Guitar History —

                                                                                                                                                                An Interview with US World Air Guitar Champion Eric Melin

                                                                                                                                                                Eric Melin US Air Guitar Championship at The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                Some people are born great musicians. Others are born great air rockers. And then there are individuals who seem to have the best of both worlds.

                                                                                                                                                                Eric Melin, happens to be one of those individuals. Melin won the 2013 Air Guitar World Championship and on Friday, April 22nd, he will host the first ever US Air Guitar Competition in Lawrence at The Bottleneck.

                                                                                                                                                                Below Melin gives a few tips for competitors and talks about his involvement with the competition.

                                                                                                                                                                How did you first get involved with US Air Guitar Competition?

                                                                                                                                                                I saw the 2007 movie AIR GUITAR NATION through Netflix in 2009 and was like “Holy crap! Competitive air guitar is a thing?” Immediately I got online and started watching amazing videos from US and World Air Guitar shows, and began working on a routine. USAG came to Kansas City for the first time that year, so I entered, won, and went to Nationals in DC. I was floored to see thousands of people screaming and going nuts for these performers. It was like World Wrestling and rock n’ roll all tied up into one absurdly fun package.

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                You won the Air Guitar WORLD Competition in 2013. Holy hell. What was that like?

                                                                                                                                                                It was the realization of a dream, believe it or not! That year I wrote and recorded an original song with my friend Doug specifically designed to match up with ideas I had for an air guitar routine — and I was hoping it would give me an advantage over my competition. It did, but I still had two more compulsory rounds where I had to make up routines on the spot for songs I had just heard. After a round-three “Air-off” with another American competitor (Doug “The Thunder” Stroock), I came out on top and almost collapsed onstage!

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                What’s your go-to song that you love to rock the air to?

                                                                                                                                                                Anything from Megadeth’s “Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying?” record or KISS – Alive!

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                Who are your air/guitar player influences?

                                                                                                                                                                2008 world champ 2008 Hot Lixx Hulahan is still the king. Look him up on YouTube and weep at the majesty of his talent.

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                Without stating the obvious, what is the greatest difference between being an air rocker and guitar player?

                                                                                                                                                                Freedom. You are not limited by the constraints of a “there” guitar when you play air guitar. You can interpret the music however you want. My advice? Don’t be so literal when you perform. Be creative use your whole body, not just your hands.

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                As the first air guitar competition to be held in Lawrence (AND at glorious The Bottleneck), what are you looking forward to most?

                                                                                                                                                                This is truly a spectacle that need to be seen live to be understood. I can’t wait to watch the crowd get wowed by the over-the-top commitment and talent on display. I love watching it “click” with an audience. There’s that sweet sweet moment when an audience starts picking favorites and rooting for them and booing judges and getting into it. It can’t be beat. It’s nice to not sit in front of a phone or computer and experience something truly visceral, stupid, and sublime.

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                How do you feel about air saxophone and air clarinet players? Is there a place in this world for them? (I’m asking for a friend).

                                                                                                                                                                God bless ’em. Sexy Air Sax Man? It could work!

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                What does the competition entail?

                                                                                                                                                                Round one is a one-minute routine each competitor has worked up to a song of their choice. The top 5 move on to round two, where we throw songs at them and they have to make up something on the spot. It can be brutal, but that’s where heroes are created!

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                What do the winning air guitar competitors win? Glory? A new Mercedes?

                                                                                                                                                                This is the first step on the path to glory. The Top 3 competitors will move on to the Semifinal round. Winners there go to US Air Guitar National Finals in Austin, TX. Winner there moves on to the Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland.

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                Any sneak peak of who is going to be on this year’s panel of judges?

                                                                                                                                                                So far we have Kansas Public Radio’s Laura Lorson, Not So Late Show host Mike Anderson, and Jason Barr, host of the ADD Arts Podcast. Two more will join.

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                For those competing, do you have an advice? Sure do. Here are my 11 Commandments of Air.

                                                                                                                                                                Want to be a part of US Air Guitar history? Buy your tickets today!

                                                                                                                                                                 

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